The Ecology of Work and Interface Design

Jens Rasmussen

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The paper is intended to demonstrate the importance of a careful study of the ecology of work for an effective design of modern human-work interfaces and the need for cross-disciplinary analysis of the deep structure of particular work systems. The basis of purposeful activities and the problems met in analysis of adaptive systems are discussed. The importance of the intentional structures of work domains is discussed with reference to different kinds of work domains. Finally, the problem of human factors guidelines for design is reviewed and an alternative approach is suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of HCI '92, York September 1992
Number of pages19
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date1992
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes
EventHCI '92 - York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 19921 Sep 1992


ConferenceHCI '92
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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